Times are certainly a-changing for enterprise IT. Between the emergence of new technologies, a greater focus on globalization and the trend toward enhanced collaboration between partners, there is much a company must now take into for its integration strategy.
That doesn't necessarily mean many are actually doing so. In many cases, companies are still relying on dated business integration strategies that may have been effective 10, or even five, years ago but are now something equal to dinosaurs. It's about time these organizations allow such strategies to fossilize, because business today is, more so than ever, defined by survival of the fittest.
"As the nature of applications and data change, so must the nature of the integration suites that bring them all together," integration expert Hollis Tibbetts recently wrote for ebizQ.
Below are methods for determining if the integration solution at your company is in need of some updating.
Focus remains on the mainframe or data center
Mainframe computing is so 20th century, and the data center is so 2005. According to Tibbetts, the "locus of integration," or the central focus of the process, should no longer fall on either.
Twenty years ago, it was all well and good for integration strategies to prioritize implementing applications to work well with the mainframe. The same could be said of the data center just about a decade ago.
Not anymore. Both are dated ways of thinking and are no longer viable when it comes to business integration.
Strategy is looking down, not up
These days, companies should be looking skyward with their business integration strategies. OK, not literally. What this means is that businesses must account for the growing number of cloud-based applications they now use.
"For those companies whose future is heavily based on SaaS and cloud platforms, a truly cloud-capable integration platform simply makes sense," Tibbetts wrote.
It simply makes no sense to be focusing on a technology of the past when your company is looking toward the future.
Tibbetts certainly isn't the first to recognize the importance of integration of cloud computing adoption. In fact, a recent IT Business Edge report highlighted the fact that improvements in the integration space are directly affecting the success of SaaS companies. Five years ago, integration was a roadblock to cloud adoption, but that's no longer the case, according to the report.